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New Zealand surpasses Australia in job growth

By MSN NZ Money staff
07:30 AEST Tue Jul 12 2011
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New Zealand’s new job growth has been stronger than Australia’s during the past three months, according to employment website seek.co.nz.

The Seek New Job Ad Index released today reveals that since April new job ads have risen by 1.8% in New Zealand but dipped by 0.7% in Australia.

“While the Australian labour market recovery was far stronger than in New Zealand after the global financial crisis, it is encouraging to see that New Zealand has forged ahead over the last three months in terms of new job ad growth,” says Seek New Zealand’s general manager Janet Faulding.

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Job growth in New Zealand is being driven by Canterbury and other regional areas, not by Wellington and Auckland, she says.

Canterbury’s new jobs grew by two per cent and South Island locations outside of Canterbury grew by 3.8%. Auckland and Wellington experienced dips in new job ad numbers of two per cent and 4.6% respectively. Other North Island locations posted an increase of 3.4%.

“New job ads are now 16.3% higher than the same time last year and confidence is continuing to improve around the country,” says Faulding.

Unsurprisingly, Civil and Structural Engineering positions top the list of the most sought after employees in June, which can be attributed to the ongoing reconstruction in Christchurch.

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